What is a learning disability?
How is a learning disability different to a learning difficulty?
This microsite has been set up for people who have an interested in supporting parents who have a learning disability in Birmingham.
There is no specific service for parents with parents with learning disabilities in Birmingham. However, there are a number of interested professionals and organisations across the city who provide support.
We have a Parents with Learning Disability Steeriing Group in Birmingham compose of professionals representing different organisations.
The site has been set up following a busy 12 months of multi-agency and multi-disciplinary work including Professionals from Learning Disabilities Services from Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Midwifery Services, Children’s Services, Children’s Safeguarding Services, Health Visitors, School Nurses, and the Local Authority.
Several projects are now underway and we hope you will find the information here to be of use and we thank you for your interest.
HUBs are meetings where professionals working with parents with learning disability can learn from experinced speakers in/or shared thier practice with related professionals.
You are very welcome to bring any clinical issues relating to parents with learning disabilities in order to gain support for yourself and to find out about services which might supplement your work with parents with learning disabilities.
Dates for hub meetings
16th April 2013
2nd July 2013
24th September 2013
26th November 2013
Please contact Laura Ogi, Clinical Psychologist on 0121 465 8200. If you would like more information or you would like to be added to the circulation list.
A Screening Tool for identification of Parents with Learning Disabilities has been produced and now is ready to be viewed.
Identifying people who may have a Learning Disability Screening Tool
A resource package is now available for use by Professionals working with Parents with Learning Disabilities, access to this pack is through People in Partnership Advocacy Service.
A significantly reduced ability to understand new or complex information, to learn new skills (impaired intelligence)
A reduced ability to cope independently both socially and in adaptive skills (i.e. everyday skills such as travelling, budgeting, domestic skills etc).
These difficulties started in early childhood and have a life long effect on development.
The terms learning disability and learning difficulty are often used interchangeably. To try to draw a distinction between the two, try to think of a learning disability as something that has a global effect on the person’s life and skills, whereas a learning difficulty has a specific effect on one area of a person’s life.
A learning difficulty refers to a specific difficulty in learning often given in an educational context e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia and other linguistic difficulties.